But I digress...wildly. After all, we audience members aren't meant to dwell on such trivial matters for action-adventure films, much less ones produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, much less even more ones based on video games, right? PoP is popcorn entertainment at its purest - meaningless drivel about heroism and courage and actions based on believing that you know what's right in your heart yada yada yada.
And on that front, it mostly succeeds. Amidst the various swipes from other, better source material - really, this might've alternately been titled An Amalgamation of Every Movie Ever Made and I wouldn't have known the difference - there is fun to be had, mostly in the form of the chase sequences, which require Gyllenhaal to parkour his way around no-doubt green-screened environs. Sure, there's the actual "sands of time" dagger floating about, but there's loads more dialogue about the stupid knife than there are scenes in which it's employed - it has to be one of the worst macguffins ever employed.
Fletch's Film Rating:
|"You seem a decent fellow. I hate to kill you."|
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